Long before everybody on the Internet was BEASTMODE, grinding or killing weights, Machine was the face of Animal, the hardcore brand of Universal Nutrition. Erudite and reclusive, he tends to stay out of the spotlight today, sharing his years of bodybuilding knowledge only with those fortunate enough to know him personally or the members of the Animal Forvm. I couldn’t let this statement, in response to a question go unacknowledged so with his permission, I’m reposting it here. Read, learn, change, grow . . .
I will simply say that the way a person lives and trains will be reflected in his/her physique. I have been hit with some major illnesses and never dropped below 265 pounds (unless I wanted to). I’ve always trained in such a way that my foundation would remain in-tact irrespective of what may come. In ancient times, men rode horses, carried battle axes, fought to lead their people, went to war, cleared fields of trees and stones by hand, constructed cities with their sweat – just the act of living daily required grit and determination. Now people think football players are tough – huh. In our world we have only modern luxuries which are largely unnecessary and decadent.
I train to commune with that ancient part of myself which has not faded, I lift stones, I squat twice per week, I handle as much free weight as I can…I do this to walk the earth as a giant while I’m here, and to be remembered by those who love me as a giant when I’m gone. This is the example I set for the young ones, they must get off the computers and games and cell phones and take hold of the battle-axe. If training in a rudimentary way is the only true way we can live as we did in ancient times, then we must train. And we must train like we are in battle, we will then look and behave as though we are in battle. We will look the part.
A person’s physique should not vanish at the shifting of the wind, it should be rugged and thickly muscled, and should last through whatever comes. People seek comfort, this is largely why I’ve coached against comfort and complacency my entire life…comfort is death.
Continue to train but not for vanity’s sake, train because the wars and battles and strife will come, and when your enemies find you…let them find a cut-throat, a renegade, a conqueror, and an undeniable force.
You can read more of Machine’s philosophy of life in “The Eighth Day” exclusively on The Animal Forvm.
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